| Sep 12, 2013
| 8:28 AM
"One does not sharpen the axes after the right time; after the time they are needed." — Russian Proverb
The late Ukrainian violinist Mischa Elman is considered one of the greatest of all time, but he has nothing on Russian President Vladimir...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Observations and comment from Washington, D.C. and beyond:
•Observation: The No. 1 question I'm asked at public events is why Congress is so dysfunctional.
One need look no further than the latest [Charlie] Cook Political Report to understand...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 10:24 AM
Like many other disadvantaged Baltimoreans, I need Obamacare. But I don't want it.
I recall staying up late into the night watching C-SPAN a few years ago. I watched to see then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bang her gavel, ushering in an era of health...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When utility crews dug up the intersection of Eastern Avenue and South High Street a couple of years ago, Gia Blatterman stood nearby and tried to picture Little Italy in 50 years.
Would the low-slung rowhomes and Italian restaurants have given way to...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Members of the Carroll County chapter of the NAACP joined tens of thousands Saturday at the National Mall - at the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial - in Washington to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington....
| Oct 1, 2013
| 8:18 AM
The federal government has shut down. And it's the Republicans' fault — period.
Let's stipulate that most congressional Republicans are truly worried about federal spending and the national debt and honestly believe the Affordable Care Act is...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 3:34 AM
It's a beautiful thing: Thousands of people in Western Maryland — that cradle of rural conservatism and fed-up secessionists who want to declare their independence as the country's 51st state — are now eligible for affordable health...
| May 22, 2013
| 4:04 PM
A bipartisan group of lawmakers pressed the Obama administration Wednesday to reduce the backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs by improving cooperation between the several agencies that have a role in the process.
| May 28, 2013
| 4:00 AM
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 6:35 PM
In a decision with both historic and practical significance for gay and lesbian couples, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages — an outcome advocates hope will aid in their state-by-state...
| May 24, 2013
| 9:03 AM
On this Memorial Day weekend, as we remember with deepest gratitude the sacrifice of America's military heroes, we also offer our thoughts and prayers for the victims of the Oklahoma tragedy.
I've dedicated a half-dozen columns to the single most...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Letter writer John Murphy contends that religious freedom is not under threat because we have Catholics in government ("Lori's views outside the Catholic mainstream," June 19). These politicians are only Catholics when it is convenient and do not adhere...